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Jason Momoa Goes Full Drogo On Chris Pratt’s Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle

Khal Drogo came for Chris Pratt’s single-use plastic bottle on Instagram.

“Avengers” star Pratt posted a photograph of himself in the gym to promote a new collaboration with Amazon on Tuesday and fellow actor and environmental activist Jason Momoa was not happy.

“Bro I love you but wtf on the water bottle. no single use plastic. come on,” Momoa, who played Drogo in “Game of Thrones,” commented on the image:

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Pratt immediately held his hands up to the error.

“Aquaman! You’re completely right. Dammit,” he responded, offering up this explanation for posing with the bottle:

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Hawaii-born Momoa’s critical comment divided opinion online, with some people accusing him of ignoring Pratt’s history of good deeds.

He later apologized to Pratt with an Instagram image of them together.

“I’m sorry this was received so badly today I didn’t mean for that to happen,” Momoa wrote. “I’m just very passionate about this single use plastic epidemic. the plastic water bottles have to stop i hope u make a reusable water bottle for amazon so we all can purchase.”

Momoa in April shaved off his iconic beard in a video promoting a new range of recyclable canned water, which he worked on with the Ball Corporation:

In September, he addressed the effects of the climate crisis on the world’s island nations at the U.N. General Assembly. “Island nations contribute the least to this disaster, but are made to suffer the weight of its consequences,” he said. “Our governments and corporate entities have known for decades that immediate change is needed. Yet change still has not come.”

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Hoag’s object is a galaxy within a galaxy within a galaxy (and nobody knows why)

Look closely at the serpent constellation slithering through the northern sky, and you might see a galaxy within a galaxy within a galaxy.

This cosmic turducken is known as Hoag’s object, and it has befuddled stargazers since astronomer Arthur Hoag discovered it in 1950.

The object in question is a rare, ring-shaped galaxy measuring some 100,000 light-years across (slightly larger than the Milky Way) and located 600 million light-years from Earth. In a recent image of the oddball object taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and processed by geophysicist Benoit Blanco, a bright ring of billions of blue stars forms a perfect circle around a much smaller and denser sphere of reddish stars. In the dark gap between the two stellar circles, another ring galaxy — much, much farther away from us — peeks out to say hello.

What’s going on here, and what tore Hoag’s object in two? Astronomers still aren’t sure; ring galaxies account for less than 0.1% of all known galaxies, and so they aren’t the easiest objects to study. Hoag himself suggested that the galaxy’s peculiar ring formation was merely an optical illusion caused by gravitational lensing (an effect that occurs when extremely high-mass objects bend and magnify light). Later studies with better telescopes disproved this idea.

Another popular hypothesis suggests that Hoag’s object was once a more common, disk-shaped galaxy but an ancient collision with a neighboring galaxy ripped a hole through the disk’s belly and permanently warped its gravitational pull. If such a collision occurred in the last 3 billion years, then astronomers looking through radio telescopes should have been able to see some of the fallout from the accident. No such evidence has been found.

If there was a cosmic crash at the core of Hoag’s object, it must have happened so long ago that all the evidence has been swept away. With only a handful of other known ring galaxies available to study (none of which shows the perfectly symmetrical characteristics found in this one), Hoag’s object remains a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma — you know, like a turducken.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Arizona authorities find pants in search for girl, 6, who was swept away in creek: report

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Authorities in Arizona on Tuesday said they found pants that belonged to the missing 6-year-old who was swept away in her family’s truck last week but were not able to locate the girl.

Willa Rawlings went missing near the Tonto National Forest Friday afternoon after her family’s vehicle was swept away by floodwaters, a published report Tuesday said. The pants were located close to the truck’s location during the incident.

A backhoe-style excavation vehicle spent Monday morning dismantling the debris pile where the child’s shoe was located, but the girl’s body was not recovered, The Arizona Republic reported.

SINGLE SHOE FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEPT AWAY IN ARIZONA CREEK

Sgt. Matthew Binney, who was managing the search Monday, said receding water levels prevented searchers from using boats as they scoured the area downstream.

“They’re looking for any clues that they can find. Obviously, when things are washing downstream, we do see a lot of debris.”

— Sgt. Matthew Binney

Binney said searchers are looking for clothing and any supplies from the truck that could point to the girl’s location.

Speaking at the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Virgil Dodd with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said search crews had still not located the girl despite spending five days scouring Tonto Creek, the Republic reported.

He said the search was to be suspended Tuesday night at darkness and divers and sonar equipment could be used in Wednesday’s search effort.

Earlier in the day, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said during budget season the state will consider whether funding a bridge at the creek is feasible, the newspaper reported.

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Community members have wanted a bridge along the intermittent waterway near Roosevelt Lake for quite some time, but the $20 million price tag is out of reach for the county and was rejected multiple times by the federal government, the Republic reported.

“I was briefed by the sheriff yesterday on the situation, and we’re going to look at infrastructure needs,” Ducey said. “The first thing I want to say is, when you have inclement weather, if people will heed the warnings from the authorities, we’ll have a much better situation.”

Ducey said the “infrastructure needs of the state” will be examined, but he wants to look at all the priorities before they are presented in the budget, he said.”You’ll be seeing the budget soon enough,” he said, “The role of this position is protecting public health and public safety for all of us.”

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake, told Tuesday’s meeting she will ask Ducey’s office to fund the bridge project using the state surplus, the newspaper said.

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On The Oregon Coast, Turning Pollution Into Art With A Purpose

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In her gallery in Bandon, Ore., Angela Haseltine Pozzi stands next to an enormous sea dragon sculpted from plastics found on Oregon’s famously ‘pristine’ beaches.

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At Coquille Point along the remote and rugged southern Oregon Coast, the wind is tumultuous and the sea just as violent. Huge waves crash up against the giant, moss-cloaked rocks perched off the beach.

This particular stretch of the Oregon coastline is famous for being pristine and wild. But train your eyes down a little closer to the beach and sand as Angela Haseltine Pozzi so often does, and even here you’ll find bits of plastic.

“I think the most disturbing thing I find is detergent bottles and bleach bottles with giant bite marks out of them by fish,” she says.

Haseltine Pozzi is a local artist and longtime art teacher who’s made it her mission to collect as much of this shameful garbage as possible. It washes up from Asia, Europe, California and right here in Oregon.

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Angela Haseltine Pozzi founded Washed Ashore in 2010. The nonprofit turns plastics taken from Oregon’s beaches into eye-opening sculptures of threatened marine life.

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In her gallery in the nearby town of Bandon, where she’d spend summers with her grandmother exploring the wild beaches, she’s now taking these plastic invaders and turning them into jaw-dropping sculptures. The plastic bottle caps, cocktail toothpicks, shotgun shell casings — anything — form life-size garbage creatures of the very marine life threatened by all this plastic.

“The idea is you can’t ignore something that’s really big,” Haseltine Pozzi says. “It grabs your attention.”

Some are almost comical, if in a dark way. It’s indeed hard to ignore the giant weedy sea dragon, its neck made of suction cups from old vacuum cleaners, its eyes are black plastic water bottle caps. Nearby, there is a jellyfish sculpted from golf balls. There are sharks and birds with feathers made from fastened together flip flops and plastic lighters.

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A to-scale sculpture of a juvenile humpback whale ribcage made of plastic bottles.

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And you can’t miss the life-size replica of a juvenile humpback whale’s rib cage, made of, you guessed it by now, plastic household bleach bottles. You can walk under it or even bang on it like a drum if you’re frustrated by this point.

Haseltine Pozzi’s goal in creating this project is to reach the general public, not just the converted art connoisseurs and the environmentalists.

“I want to reach everybody, I want to reach kids,” she says. “I want to reach people who might throw something on the beach and not think about it, and I want them to start to think about it.”

In 2010, she founded the non-profit Washed Ashore to support all this work, including the popular gallery and extensive education and outreach nationwide. They’ve built 80 sculptures made out of 26 tons of garbage collected from the Oregon Coast. They’ve been displayed across the country — from the zoo in Tacoma, Wash., to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. There are classes for students young and old, beach clean ups and plenty of hands-on opportunities to help build these sculptures in the Bandon gallery.

One of the most popular there is a six-foot-wide sea star made from individual use plastic water bottles, most from the 2008 Olympics in China.

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A sea star made mostly of plastic water bottles from the 2008 Summer Olympics in China that are still washing up on Oregon beaches today.

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“They’re still coming in,” Haseltine Pozzi says. “Still washing up on our beaches [with] the insignia on them.”

As dismaying as all of this is, Haseltine Pozzi is a pragmatist. She’s not on a crusade to end all plastics. She knows we have to use them in critical things like our phones or our medical equipment.

But will these enormous plastic sculptures make us rethink how much we use?

“Single use plastics are the most dangerous because you use it and in five minutes you’re done with it and then it lasts a thousand years,” she says. “We were never taught that, if we [had] we’d think differently.”

Education, Haseltine Pozzi says, can make a difference. After all, we invented all these convenient plastics, so why can’t we create our way out of this crisis.

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This Day in History: Dec. 4

On this day, Dec. 4 …

1991: Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, is released after nearly seven years in captivity. 

Also on this day:

  • 1619: A group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrive at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they hold a service thanking God for their safe arrival.
  • 1783: Gen. George Washington bids farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
  • 1867: The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, also known as The Grange, is founded in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of farmers.
  • 1875: William Marcy Tweed, the “Boss” of New York City’s Tammany Hall political organization, escapes from jail and flees the country.
  • 1945: The Senate approves U.S. participation in the United Nations by a vote of 65-7.
  • 1965: The United States launches Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard on a two-week mission. (While Gemini 7 is in orbit, its sister ship, Gemini 6A, is launched on Dec. 15 on a one-day mission; the two spacecraft are able to rendezvous within a foot of each other.)
  • 1978: San Francisco gets its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein is named to replace the assassinated George Moscone.
  • 1991: The original Pan American World Airways ceases operations.
  • 1995: The first NATO troops lands in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission that brings American soldiers into the middle of the Bosnian conflict.
  • 1996: The Mars Pathfinder lifts off from Cape Canaveral and begins speeding toward the red planet on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It would arrive on Mars in July 1997.)
  • 2000: In a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refuses to overturn George W. Bush’s certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court sets aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.
  • 2008: U.S. automakers draw fresh skepticism from lawmakers during a Senate Banking Committee hearing over their pleas for an expanded $34 billion rescue package they said was needed for them to survive. 
  • 2008: For the first time, an NFL game is broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
  • 2017: Declaring that “public lands will once again be for public use,” President Trump scales back two sprawling national monuments in Utah; it is the first time in a half-century that a president had undone that type of land protection. 
  • 2017: The Supreme Court allows the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.  
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David Bossie: Judiciary Committee continues impeachment witch hunt – But Trump did nothing wrong on Ukraine

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The Democrats’ partisan witch hunt against President Trump moves back to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., was sidelined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for two months after being thoroughly humiliated by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at the first impeachment hearing in September.

Lewandowski made the Trump-deranged Democrats on the committee led by impeachment-crazed Nadler look like foolish political hacks.

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The frantic two-year search by Democrats for a crime by President Trump involving collusion with Russia over the 2016 presidential election and obstruction of justice was already dismissed in the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Because of Nadler’s failure, Pelosi was forced to hand the fraudulent impeachment effort off to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to try to keep the hoax alive.

In fact, Nadler’s committee was such an embarrassment to the Democrats’ taxpayer-funded political smear campaign against President Trump that Pelosi had to take the impeachment inquiry away from the committee that has jurisdiction over impeachment. This rejection of historical precedent was ignored by the biased mainstream media, but was a harbinger of things to come.

Under the infamous reign of Chairman Schiff, the credibility of the Democrats’ impeachment charade went from bad to worse.

When it comes to telling the truth, Schiff must have taken notes from serial liar and former President Bill Clinton – his original political benefactor.

First it was Schiff’s doctored reading of the transcript of the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Then it was Schiff’s lie about his staff’s contact with the anonymous whistleblower.

After that, it was on to Schiff’s shady deposition dungeon, where the President was not allowed legal representation. Then when public hearings began, it was Schiff’s unfair and heavy-handed denial of Republican witnesses being allowed to testify before his shameful kangaroo court.

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And finally on Tuesday – as if we should have been surprised – Schiff released a horribly weak impeachment report and gave members of his committee only hours to read it before holding a vote on its merits.

If the American people needed more evidence that this entire train wreck of an inquiry is anything but a fraud foisted upon them by power-hungry Democrats who can’t get over the results of the 2016 election, Schiff gave it to them.

The reason for Schiff’s weak case is because it has no factual basis.

At the end of the day, foreign aid approved by Congress was sent to Ukraine. The government of Ukraine did not open an investigation into the highly questionable activities of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

But Adam Schiff has proven time after time that he never lets the facts get in the way of a good story – so now this nauseating sideshow moves back to the House Judiciary Committee.

In order to continue the impeachment farce and try to overcome his massive credibility gap at the same time, Chairman Nadler is calling four constitutional scholars to discuss their views on the parameters for impeachment proceedings as the baseless witch hunt creeps forward.

From the looks of the witnesses, Nadler appears to be going out of his way to cement the Democratic push to impeach as a political undertaking.

One witness is Stanford University Law Professor Pamela Karlan, an Obama appointee who’s been described as a “sharp progressive.”  Karlan has contributed thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates over the years, from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to former President Barack Obama, to current presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Most notably, Karlan made her contribution to Warren’s presidential campaign on July 29, which essentially destroys the impartiality of her testimony.

Another Nadler witness at Wednesday’s hearing is University of North Carolina Law Professor Michael Gerhardt, who has also made political contributions to Obama.

This is absurd. American taxpayers understand the fundamental problem with asking Democratic donors to testify at an impeachment hearing concerning a Republican president. This is far from a serious exercise and is destined to backfire.

To make matters worse, Professor Gerhardt appears to have already made his mind up about impeachment. Gerhardt has attacked the Republican defense of President Trump as “not merely wrong, but dangerous.”

Gerhardt sounded liked a staffer at the Democratic National Committee when he wrote recently about “the nonsense that the President’s defenders have proliferated,” while ignoring the disgraceful conduct of Chairman Schiff.

If the American people needed more evidence that this entire train wreck of an inquiry is anything but a fraud foisted upon them by power-hungry Democrats who can’t get over the results of the 2016 election, Schiff gave it to them.

Nadler’s final witness is Harvard Law Professor and Bloomberg News opinion columnist Noah Feldman. Bloomberg News was recently banned by the Trump presidential campaign for it overt bias in favor of its owner – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg – and other candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Bloomberg News recently announced it “will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries.”

Adding insult to injury, Bloomberg News also made clear that it will continue to investigate President Trump.

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During Wednesday’s hearing, someone should tell Professor Feldman that he is writing for what is essentially a Democratic Super PAC.

In a disingenuous effort to appear fair, Chairman Nadler is allowing one witness for the Republicans – Professor Jonathan Turley from The George Washington University School of Law. But this overture rings hollow and is too little too late.

The American people already know that the fix is in because Nadler himself said “personally, I think the president ought to be impeached” – before any impeachment hearings were held.

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The truth is that Wednesday’s hearing is just an orchestrated political move designed to invent more fake news leading up to the release Monday of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse under the Obama administration.

At the end of the day, these four legal scholars can’t do what the Democrats desperately attack; they can’t change the facts of the baseless impeachment case. The facts are clear: President Trump did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine.

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Two out of the four teens who escaped a Tennessee juvenile center captured by authorities

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Two out of the four teens who escaped a juvenile detention center in Tennessee over the weekend were captured outside of Nashville late Tuesday, according to police.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said on Twitter that 16-year-old Decorrius Wright and 15-year-old Calvin Howse were apprehended by the Juvenile Crime Task Force and Gang Unit detectives outside a condo complex in Madison, just northeast of Nashville.

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Juvenile Crime Task Force supervisor Lt. Blaine Whited said police are still searching for Morris Marsh and Brandon Caruthers, both 17. The four teens managed to escape a lockup at the Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center Saturday night.

Wright is one of five juveniles charged in the murder of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets, the frontman for the rock band Carverton who was fatally shot in an alley behind his home on Feb. 7. Police charged three girls and two boys with criminal homicide. They allegedly stole his wallet and demanded the keys to his vehicle. Wright allegedly was the one who shot the musician when he refused, WTVF reported.  

Marsh is accused of killing a 19-year-old named Charles Easley on April 8, according to authorities. Both Howse and Caruthers have been charged with armed robbery and gun possession in the past, investigators said. Howse was most recently arrested on Nov. 21 on charges of auto theft and gun possession, and Caruthers, jailed on armed robbery charges in August 2018, has been transferred to adult court. Caruthers made the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list Monday, according to WTVF.

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The four teens were part of a supervised work detail when the person overseeing them left the quartet unattended in order to deal with a fight that broke out in another part of the detention facility, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a news release. The group got onto an elevator that was left open and “used staff protocols to ride to the ground floor where they went through a series of doors and exited to the outside.”

Three employees were fired from the detention center for breaking protocol that led to the escape. One employee failed to check security cameras in the elevator before clearing it to travel to the unsecured ground floor, the Tennessean reported.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Massachusetts governor defends ‘integrity’ of EBT system following report of abuse

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defended the state’s Electronic Benefits Transfer system on Tuesday after a report published earlier in the week suggested some participants in the tax-funded welfare program committed fraud to pay for vacations in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Alaska.

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The Republican governor responded to a Monday report in the Boston Herald that said a review of more than 2 million EBT expenditures in the 2019 fiscal year revealed thousands of out-of-state transactions. EBT cards were swiped on 18 different occasions in Hawaii, including one that was used twice at a posh island resort where rooms fetch $800 a night, the paper reported. In one instance, an EBT card was also used to buy a $700 round-trip ticket from the state to Hawaii.

The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), which operates welfare programs including the EBT system, bars cardholders from using the EBT cards for vacation services — but hotels are not banned. Baker’s administration sent a response to the Herald Tuesday, saying that the governor has invested $1 million into “program integrity” at the DTA to bolster protocol already in place that detects forms of fraud.

The statement said the DTA conducted a “residency verification check” after two transactions mentioned in the report: a $400 EBT transaction in November 2018 at the Hanalei Bay Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai, in addition to a $140 transaction in January at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Under current DTA rules, “if an EBT card is exclusively used out of state for 45 days, a household must provide proof of current Massachusetts residence.”

The household whose card was swiped at the Princeville resort “was asked to verify residency and did not, so the case was closed and benefits expunged from the card,” according to the DTA. The second household who used their EBT card at the Sheraton “was able to prove that their travel was temporary,” but their account was later closed “because they began receiving (Social Security), which makes them ineligible for cash benefits, and system controls closed the case.”

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The DTA’s response failed to address the EBT transactions recorded in Las Vegas and Alaska. The agency added that it “will continue to focus on identifying potential areas of fraud and abuse and strengthening internal controls so that benefits are administered to eligible households and used for permitted purposes.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Bloomberg, in single digits, needs to start making news, and fast

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Mike Bloomberg is having an impact.

After spending more than $35 million, he has pulled ahead of…Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, both at 2 percent. And Harris dropped out Tuesday.

I don’t see a cause and effect, though Harris ran out of money and took a parting shot at billionaires. Her campaign, overseen by her sister, had been flailing for a long time, as advance obits in the New York Times and Washington Post made clear. Harris kept changing positions, attacking rivals and retreating, playing up and playing down her prosecutor past, unable to carve out space in a crowded field. And that had nothing to do with Bloomberg, though he could benefit by picking up some of her staff.

The former New York mayor is at 6 percent in the latest Hill poll, trailing Joe Biden with 31 percent, Bernie at 15, the fading Elizabeth at 10, and the rising Mayor Pete at 9. Not exactly an earthquake.

I don’t understand the campaign that Bloomberg is running. (And that’s putting aside the dumb decision by his news service to not investigate the boss. That enabled the president, whose campaign has yanked Bloomberg News credentials, to tweet: “Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only. The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K., because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!”)

Bloomberg has his strengths, including his 12-year tenure as mayor, although that contains ample ammunition to alienate Democratic liberals. But he remains a remote figure for many American voters. And yet he isn’t doing the things you’d expect an eleventh-hour contender to do.

He hasn’t given major policy speeches. He hasn’t made the television rounds—not the Sunday shows or daytime cable shows or prime-time opinion shows. He hasn’t done a lengthy interview with a major newspaper.

In short, people haven’t heard his voice, except in paid commercials in which he approves this message. That’s an especially big vacuum since, by funding his own campaign, he won’t be included in the debates. And it’s exacerbated by his decision to skip Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, a maneuver that has never worked.

I don’t think he can spend his way to the nomination. He’s got to get in the batter’s box and show he can hit the pitching.

When Bloomberg launched his campaign in Norfolk, he told reporters that “I know how to win because I’ve done it time and again,” touting his advocacy on climate change, gun control, smoking and education.

Politico Magazine has a how-he-can-win piece that begins with the Beltway/Twitter take “that this is little more than a vanity run for the presidency—a play for the political affinities of the pundit class on the Acela corridor, a low-energy answer to a question no Democrat is asking. Bloomberg is, as he puts it himself, a short, Jewish, divorced billionaire from Manhattan. He is an avowed defender of Wall Street. He has been an apologist for #MeToo offenders. He oversaw a police department that stopped and frisked half a million primarily young men of color a year. Even putting all that aside, he is audaciously pledging to skip the first four primary states.”

The gist of the argument is that Bloomberg was a relative unknown when, a couple of weeks after 9/11 and with a tepid endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, he won the mayor’s office. Therefore don’t count him out.

But New York City is not America, which is why none of its mayors have ever come close to winning the White House.

The piece does sketch out an agenda: “It is easy to imagine him calling for filibuster reform, or strengthening voting rights, or even adding a Supreme Court justice. His comments over the past several years defending Wall Street have gotten him in trouble, but his aides point out that not only did Bloomberg raise taxes in a way that no other candidate in the field has, but he also built 185,000 units of affordable housing (a figure that essentially means building another South Bend, Indiana, and still having tens of thousands of housing units to spare), lowered the racial temperature in a city reeling from 9/11 and eight years of Giuliani, defended the right of Muslims to build a mosque near ground zero, drastically raised teacher pay, reduced the city’s prison population by 40 percent, mounted an aggressive anti-poverty campaign that recalculated the city’s poverty rate to allow more people to receive federal benefits, and spent $3.1 billion on new school construction.”

But Bloomberg himself should be making that case, not a Politico writer. Meanwhile, Bill de Blasio is “having a fit,” says another Politico piece, over Bloomberg’s candidacy. Having utterly flamed out in his own presidential bid, the mayor now spends considerable time attacking his predecessor.

De Blasio is quoted as saying “before his millions and millions of dollars of advertising … we need an honest conversation about what really happened.” He also thinks Bloomberg gets better press, saying, “I think a lot of media outlets were literally worried he might buy them some day. And I think a lot of the leaders in those media outlets did not want to make waves or alienate him.”

Some allies say it helps de Blasio at home to remind people of his criticism of the former mayor, but in any event he can’t run again. The mayor may be 6’5, but this makes him look awfully small.

Bloomberg was in Mississippi Wednesday for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform—part of his effort to court minority voters after apologizing for his years of backing stop and frisk. But it’s late in the game for him to be doing the listening-tour thing.

Mike Bloomberg would have an outside shot if Biden’s campaign cratered, as the pundits endlessly predict it will. But as famous as the 77-year-old billionaire thinks he is, he needs to raise his profile fast, and that takes more than a bunch of slickly produced ads.

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Trudeau, Johnson, Macron appear to be mocking Trump in surfaced video from NATO summit

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The world’s top leaders at the NATO summit in London appear to be laughing at the expense of President Trump in a video that surfaced on Tuesday night.

In a video shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen with others, including Princess Anne, having a conversation at a reception at the Buckingham Palace about a press conference earlier in the day.

Trump had made an impromptu conference and weighed in on the ongoing impeachment inquiry as well as the fiery exchange he had with Macron over France not taking back any ISIS fighters.

“Is that why you were late?” Boris smirked to Macron.

“He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top- ‘Oh, ya, ya ya,'” Trudeau said, later adding, “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

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The video went viral on social media, many assuming the world leaders were talking about Trump.

“Can’t get over this video, both for the fact that POTUS hates the thought of anyone laughing at him and for the fact that he long used “other countries are laughing at us” as an attack against his predecessors,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reacted.

“This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back,” political commentator Ian Bremmer wrote.

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Earlier, Macron and Trump clashed over ISIS fighters.

“I have not spoken to the president about that — would you like some nice ISIS fighters?” he asked Macron, when asked about ISIS fighters from Europe captured in Syria. “I can give them to you, you can take every one you want.”

After Macron’s answer, in which he urged Trump to “be serious” and called for a broader push against ISIS overall, Trump took another swipe.

“This is why he’s a great politician, because that’s one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard,” Trump joked.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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